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Crawford started his drumming career at the age of 10 with his local band Perth & District.  His father Fergus who was also a snare drummer helped tutor him.


After seasons in Grade 4 and 3, Crawford then joined The City of Dundee Pipe Band in Grade 2. The band were regularly placed in the top 6 at Major Championships at this time. In his last season with the band, at the age of 16, Crawford also had a spell as Leading Drummer.


At the age of 17, Crawford was asked to join The Vale of Atholl Pipe Band from Pitlochry, Perthshire.  He initially played in the late, great James King’s Drum Corps.  After James King retired from playing, Crawford played under Ian Tobin and then Paul Turner where Crawford enjoyed the position of Drum Sergeant. The Drum Corps enjoyed some considerable success.  When Paul Turner retired from playing, Crawford was appointed Leading Drummer at The Vale. He developed a very young Drum Corps and was assisted by Lee Lawson and Brian Gibb.


Crawford works as a Lawyer and is a Partner in the Perth law firm, Macnabs. Due to professional working demands and family commitments, Crawford reluctantly retired from playing at the end of the 2011 season.  However he did not stay away from the Pipe Band scene for long returning to play with The Vale for the 2013 season under Leading Drummer John Moneagle. Thereafter, Crawford spent some time away from the band to concentrate on working commitments before returning again to The Vale to play under Lee Lawson. Due to a period of ill health for Lee during this particular season, Crawford was appointed caretaker Leading Drummer.


Crawford has spent almost 20 years playing with The Vale and has twice represented them as Leading Drummer. He has gained vast experience during this time and has played under some truly great Leading Drummers.


Growing up, Crawford always admired the Drum Corps of the Royal Ulster Constabulary led by Gary Corkin. The chance to now work with Gary at Triumph Street was too good to turn down and he is very much looking forward to the challenge ahead!



Crawford Allan

Snare Drummer